Sept. 24, 1944
Louella Parsons says: Why is young Van Johnson the idol of the bobby sox brigade and at this moment crowding Frank Sinatra and Alan Ladd for top honors? Van isn’t handsome,he hasn’t a striking physique and he hasn’t Frankie’s ability to sing. Moreover, there are many other young men who are as capable of putting over emotional scenes. Yet Van is the hero of the bobby sox brigade and is receiving more mail than any actor or actress on the MGM lot.
Leading the bestseller list — Fiction: “Green Dolphin Street,” “Leave Her to Heaven,” “History of Rome Hanks,” “Pastoral” and “Strange Fruit”
Non-fiction: “I Never Left Home,” “The Time for Decision,” “Yankee From Olympus,” “Anna and the King of Siam” and “Basic History of the United States.”